December 20th 2005 8:05 pm
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Boone the vampire kitty has sadly gone to the bridge. He passed unexpectedly and way too young on Dec 13th, 2005. He was 4.5 years old. Boone's grandma called his Mom early that morning stating that she was at the ER vet with Boone. Grandma was sad and frantic - and just shocked that unsickly Boone was ill. Boone was never sick. He had a slight bout of URI after being adopted from the shelter - but he got through that easily.
Afterwards, Boone was healthy, except for the diagnosed murmur at around 3 months of age. Sadly, the vets never told his Mommy or Grandma what steps to take to test the murmur - or that the murmur could be a precursor to some forms of heart disease. Boone's older brother, Helmet, who is 3 years his elder, also was diagnosed with a heart murmur. Helmet is also a tuxedo kitty (almost identical!). However, neither Boone nor Helmet ever showed any signs of any problems related to their hearts.
On this day, Tues, Boone couldn't use his back legs. He ate his breakfast as usual, then when Grandma heard him throw up (like he often did immediately after eating), she came looking for him. She saw him pulling himself around unable to use his hind legs. Being a good Grandma, Grandma kept her cool and got Boone into his carrier and into the car immediately to the vet. The ER vet told her that this episode was usually the cause of a blood clot blocking flow to the hind quarters. We had no idea that any of this at this time was related to his heart condition. They medicated him as he was in a good deal of pain, and they instructed her to bring him up North to a cardiac specialist. When Boone got to the heart doc - he ultrasounded him - and saw that Boone's heart was greatly enlarged. It was compensating for the left ventricle that was uanble to fill properly due to it's small size. His heart disease had caused his heart wall to thicken - decreasing the diameter of his chambers. The heart doc saw "smoke" in his left ventricle and told us this was blood flowing very fast. This fast flow was probably the cause of the blood clots. As we were discussing treatment options, the heart doc called and said that he was going downhill - so Grandma immediately headed back up to be with him. Just as Grandma arrived, Boone's little body gave out. Grandma hugged and petted him, and told him he was loved, and that she knew we were also.
Boone Esau-Handley leaves behind four kitty brothers, Helmet, Skeet, Jax, and Crockett, one German Shephard sister, Kita, one Mommy - Darlene, one Grandma - Karen, and one Uncle - Dirk.
Boone is now enjoying the splendors of the Rainbow Bridge and all it's furry habitants. I know that his Uncle Spook is there probably trying to find him - although they didn't know each other in life. And, recently, a new friend was informed of his arrival - and has been spending time acquainting him to the next phase of his life - thank you Sasquatch. Please try to find Spook and Seeger - they will want to have as many friends and family as possible around them until the rest of us arrive. And, we will arrive, and we will all be reunited.
Boone Esau-Handley - March 2001 - Dec 2005. Too young, too soon, may he rest and play in peace and tranquility - and will never be forgotten. You are our angel and we knew we saw your soul in your eyes - lover boy.
Mom, Grandma, Kita, Helmet, Skeet, Jax, Crockett, and Dirk.
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